S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever
S.Pellegrino has announced the much-anticipated return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global competition recognising leading young culinary talent from across the world. The third edition, with applications opening on February 1st, 2017, is now enriched with a broader scouting range and an extended duration.
The contest will now take place over a span of 18 months, with this next edition lasting from 2017 to 2018.
In 2017 we will see the preliminary selection rounds and the local competitions take place, followed by the Grand Finale in June of 2018, where finalists will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title.
The extended duration will allow candidates more time to work side by side their assigned Chef Mentors to improve their signature dishes and refine their skill set in preparation for the finals.
Previous winners, among them Young Chef 2015, Mark Moriarty from Dublin, gained global visibility and a significant professional boost, as well as the chance to take part in several of the brand’s annual events around the world, including but not limited to those related to the Young Chef competition.
“It is a great honor to be named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016,” said S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 winner, Mitch Lienhard of the United States. “The experience has provided many unforgettable moments so far, and I am thankful for the impact the title will have in my career. I look forward to continuing my work with S.Pellegrino to help find the culinary world’s best new talent and serving as a mentor to future competitors.”
To broaden the range and accessibility of the talent scouting, a new region, ‘Central America–Caribbean’ has been added to the competition’s list of included geographic regions, now comprised of 21 different areas from all corners of the world.
In addition, applications will now be accepted in a broader range of languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Italian. All candidates are required to understand and speak English, as it is the official language of the competition.
Over the course of the contest – which last year, attracted over 3,000 applicants – 70 top chefs will be involved as jurors in the local competitions, 21 young chefs from 21 different geographic areas will be selected as semifinalists, and 21 Chef Mentors will be assigned individually to the young chefs, providing guidance throughout their exceptional journey.
Applications for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 open on February 1st, 2017 at Sanpellegrino.com. The website will serve as the new digital hub of the competition, while the previous homepage for the competition FineDiningLovers.com – the online magazine for food enthusiasts from all over the world, proudly endorsed by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna – has been designated the official media partner.